At the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual conference, Republican Sen. David Perdue urged attendees to pray for President Obama — citing a Psalm that is actually praying for someone’s death.
Sen. Perdue tells Faith and Freedom attendees to pray for Obama. “We should pray like Psalm 109:8 says: Let his days be few”
— Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) June 10, 2016
The next verse in that Psalm is a prayer “that his children be fatherless and his wife a widow” https://t.co/vU9QfQohRs
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) June 10, 2016
This is not an exaggeration.
Psalm 109 reads, starting at Verse 8:
8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15 Let them be before the Lord continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
Throughout President Obama’s nearly eight years in office, I have watched elected Republicans treat him with extraordinary levels of disrespect. I have watched them question whether he is actually a United States citizen, and accuse him of lying about his religion. I have seen Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) shout at the President, “You lie!” during an address to Congress. I have seen then-Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) wag her finger in his face. I have read about the racist emails written by Republicans in various parts of the country, who “misspoke” or “had a lapse in judgment.”
I have witnessed unprecedented levels of obstructionism, to a point at which Republicans have refused to hold a hearing on the President’s budget.
Seven-and-a-half years, I have watched — and I have seethed — as the President comported himself with professionalism and dignity and respect for his ideological opponents, and they have treated him in return with nothing but contempt.
So I am certainly not surprised by Sen. Perdue’s reprehensible “prayer” for our President. But I am nonetheless angry.
And he doesn’t get the respect he deserves, either. Not as the President, and not even as a human being. Not from Republicans — and shame on them for it.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)